Is it a sin to lie about your age when you sign up for things on the internet


#1

Say like you sign up for a website like ea for example and you have to be 18 but your only 15 and you put your 18, then you ask your parents if its okay to put that age to play on ea servers and they say yes. Will it be a sin,venial, or a mortal sin?


#2

Yes, your example would be a sin for both the 15 year old and the parents. We cannot comment on the seriousness without knowing more detail.


#3

[quote="steve99n, post:1, topic:321792"]
Say like you sign up for a website like ea for example and you have to be 18 but your only 15 and you put your 18, then you ask your parents if its okay to put that age to play on ea servers and they say yes. Will it be a sin,venial, or a mortal sin?

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If you are 15 you shouldn't be stating you are 18 in order to get access to adult entertainment.

OTOH I lie a lot on the internet 'cos I only give my real date of birth etc to people I choose, not some robot who's trying to sell my data, or some fraudster. That's not a sin, that's prudent.


#4

[quote="triumphguy, post:3, topic:321792"]
If you are 15 you shouldn't be stating you are 18 in order to get access to adult entertainment.

OTOH I lie a lot on the internet 'cos I only give my real date of birth etc to people I choose, not some robot who's trying to sell my data, or some fraudster. That's not a sin, that's prudent.

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I believe by EA, he means a gaming company, not adult entertainment. I think even Facebook has (or at least used to have) a minimum age requirement.


#5

If you speak or imply something is true, that you know is not true....you are lying. Lying is a sin.


#6

[quote="Publisher, post:5, topic:321792"]
If you speak or imply something is true, that you know is not true....you are lying. Lying is a sin.

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If to have a serious reason, such as that the life or safety of yourself or another will be at risk if you reveal your true date of birth, then it would not be a serious sin.

However, lying just to be able to play a game, when there are squillions of other great games available that are appropriate for 15-year-olds to play, is not really justifiable.


#7

The question is irrelevant past "Is it a sin to lie...?"

Yes, it is a sin to lie.


#8

[quote="LilyM, post:6, topic:321792"]
If to have a serious reason, such as that the life or safety of yourself or another will be at risk if you reveal your true date of birth, then it would not be a serious sin.

However, lying just to be able to play a game, when there are squillions of other great games available that are appropriate for 15-year-olds to play, is not really justifiable.

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I know many like to "rate sins", such as "serious sin" or "not serious sin"....sin is always serious...and can have catastrophic consequences....just taking one bite of an "apple" is one example.:)

Sin, mortal or venial, white or black causes a disruptiion with our ability to hear the Voice of God in one way or another. We either live in Truth or we don't. Lying has no place in Truth..."serious" or "not so serious" is still sin...it still is against "thou shalt not bear false witness.":shrug:


#9

[quote="Publisher, post:8, topic:321792"]
I know many like to "rate sins", such as "serious sin" or "not serious sin"....sin is always serious...and can have catastrophic consequences....just taking one bite of an "apple" is one example.:)

Sin, mortal or venial, white or black causes a disruptiion with our ability to hear the Voice of God in one way or another. We either live in Truth or we don't. Lying has no place in Truth..."serious" or "not so serious" is still sin...it still is against "thou shalt not bear false witness.":shrug:

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The Bible itself distinguishes. The penalty for a man who adulters is stoning to death, the penalty for a man who seduces an unmarried virgin is simply to pay a bride price to her father. The New Testament speaks of sin which leads to death and sin which does not lead to death.

Yes, all are sins, and absolutely all should be avoided, but we should not fool ourselves into thinking that a lie for the heck of it, or a lie under oath, is morally the exact equivalent of telling the Nazis there are no Jews hidden in your house when in fact there are.

To treat them as equal is to risk on the one hand scrupulosity about the sorts of minor transgressions that we all do on a daily basis (and that is scriptural as well) and on the other a desensitisation to the true heinousness of some acts (say the perjury) as opposed to others (the lying to the Nazis).


#10

One might ask the inverse question and ask, is it a sin to say you are only 13 years old when you are 30 years old when signing up for an e-mail account? The reason being that pornographic e-mails are filtered out of accounts for the under 18s and so to avoid the temptations that might be provided by pornographic e-mails you lie about your age. Perhaps it's a case of committing one sin to avoid another.


#11

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